Medication Adherence A Critical Component of Healthcare – Nurse Practitioner




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The failure to take medications as prescribed, or "medication nonadherence,"is a global problem that is increasingly recognized as a leading cause of rising healthcare costs and poor health outcomes (eg, disease progression). As many as 1 in 5 new prescriptions are never filled. Among prescriptions that are filled,an estimated 50% are not taken as prescribed, particularly with regard to dose accuracy and appropriate administration times. Many patients stop taking their prescribed medications altogether several months after starting, often without telling their providers. One-third to two-thirds of medication-related hospital admissions in the US result from nonadherence.In addition, as many as 25% of nursing home admissions may be due to medication nonadherence.Avoidable healthcare costs attributed to nonadherence range from $100 billion to $300 billion each year.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioner

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Define medication adherence and describe different ways that patients may be nonadherent. Discuss the clinical and economic impact of nonadherence, including its contribution to poor outcomes in chronic disease.
  • List risk factors and red flags for medication nonadherence, and describe methods/tools for identifying it.
  • Discuss patient-, medication-, condition-, socioeconomic-, provider-, and healthcare system/team-related barriers to medication adherence.
  • Describe strategies and resources that healthcare professionals can use to improve medication adherence.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Nurse Practitioner : 0428-0000-20-008-H05
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.